Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sri Lankan president prays at Tirupathi - Yahoo! India News

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    • Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Saturday offered prayers at the famous Lord Venkateshwara temple at Tirupathi in Andhra Pradesh.

      Rajapaksa arrived in a special aircraft from Nepal, where he was on a pilgrimage, and after a 'darshan' at the temple atop Tirumala Hills left for Sri Lanka, officials said.

    • Rajapaksa entered the sanctum sanctorum through 'mahadwaram' or main door and offered prayers. Top priests blessed the couple.
    • However, the entry of Rajapaksa and 25 others through 'mahadwaram' created a row.

      Some religious leaders criticised the TTD authorities for allowing him through 'mahadwaram' in violation of TTD rules.

      They pointed out that under TTD rules only mothers with infants, the aged, infirm and physically challenged can have direct entry through 'mahadwaram'.